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CLOSUP in the Classroom - Policy Analysts

CLOSUP Policy Analysts are University of Michigan students affilliated with the Center to help carry out research and analysis on a variety of state and local policy issues. These students may be employed by the Center or participate in an independent study for course credit.

After their time at the Ford School, CLOSUP Policy Analysts take their experience and expertise to positions with leading policy organizations. For example, Kristy Hartman, a CLOSUP Policy Analyst for AY2012-2013, later joined the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as an energy policy specialist and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding new policies on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.

Current Policy Analysts are listed below. For other recent Policy Analysts, see here.

Leah Adelman

Leah is CLOSUP Policy Analyst studying the influence of state and local siting regulations on wind energy development. She is a sophomore in the University of Michigan LSA Honors program. Her career ambition is to use her passion for environmental policy to make a positive impact. Policy regarding renewable energy and water infrastructure are of particular interest to her. She has experience working for the United Nations Foundation campaign for adolescent girls and as an intern for the U.S. House of Representatives. On campus, Leah is also a group fitness instructor for Recreational Sports and a board member for Epsilon Eta, a professional environmental fraternity.


Isabel Englehart

Isabel is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst studying regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas production in the United States. She is a 2018 undergraduate in Program in the Environment, with a specialization in sustainable business. Isabel is most interested in natural resource and climate change policy.


Claire Kaliban

Claire is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst studying state climate policy in the Trump era. She is a member of LSA class of 2019, studying Environment (PitE) with a focus in environmental policy and minoring in Spanish. Claire is particularly interested in climate policy as well as international environmental policy.


Augusta Gudeman

Augusta is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst researching how renewable energy policy and community benefits models can improve equity in clean energy programs. She is earning her M.P.P. at the Ford School and her M.U.R.P. at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She has worked with the City of Ann Arbor, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She is interested in social justice and sustainability in state and local policy.


Michael Lerner

Michael is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst investigating the influence of state and local siting regulations on wind energy development. He is a Ph.D. student in Political Science and Public Policy studying comparative environmental politics, with a focus on adaptation to environmental change. His research examines the responsiveness of government, policy innovation and diffusion, and disaster recovery and prevention. Michael earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and French from the University of Michigan and has worked for the Environmental Law Institute and as an independent consultant to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Environmental Strategies International LLC, and Integra LLC, among others.


Ian McKenny

Ian is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst researching how the siting of renewable energy infrastructure is treated under state farmland preservation policies. He is an undergraduate student at the Ford School (Class of 2019) with minors in environment and music. Ian is interested in urban & regional planning and environmental policy.


Rio Mizuno

Rio is a policy analyst at CLOSUP, assisting with research on wind energy policy. She is a Class of 2019 undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, studying Environment (PitE) and International Studies. Rio is especially interested in climate change policy and global health.


Jason Morgan

Jason is a CLOSUP Policy Analyst researching implementation of the Michigan Lead and Copper Rule in partnership with the University of Michigan Water Center and Safe Water Engineering to provide education materials for municipal leaders, community groups and other engaged citizens, and technical assistance to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division. He is earning his M.P.A. at the Ford School of Public Policy. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. He currently serves as a Washtenaw County Commissioner and has worked for Congressman Bart Stupak, Congressman John D. Dingell and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. He also worked for Washtenaw Community College as the Director of Government and Community Relations. He is interested in economic and social justice, transportation, public health, economic development and youth engagement.


Jane Wentrack

Jane is a research assistant to Dr. Sarah Mills on a project entitled 'Community Acceptance of Wind Energy.' She is a sophomore in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Jane is majoring in International Studies and the Program in the Environment and is interested in international environmental policy.


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